Today, July 7 is #WorldChocolateDay! There is a treat for all of life’s sweetest moments, and at Nestlé, we want to ensure that these treats we love to enjoy are made in the best way possible. From our farmers to our consumers, we put tremendous effort into ensuring our products are made using quality ingredients sourced in a responsible way. While we source our cocoa from Côte d’Ivoire, many of our products are made right here in Canada.
Côte d’Ivoire is responsible for approximately 40% of the world’s cocoa production. There, cocoa is far more than just a tree. It’s a way of life for those who farm it and a vital part of the communities that rely on it. As part of Nestlé’s ongoing commitment to sustainable sourcing, we continue to work hand in hand with rural communities, leading NGOs, local government and over 40,000 farmers to improve quality of life in cocoa farming communities.
Through the Nestlé Cocoa Plan, we train farmers in better agricultural practices, improve access to education for children in farming communities and distribute hardier higher yielding plants. The program focuses on three key pillars:
- Better Farming: Enhancing productivity by teaching good agricultural practices, which is key to improving farmers’ income.
- Better Cocoa: Building long term relationships with the farmer cooperatives supplying us, and ensuring that quality beans are being used to create great tasting chocolate.
- Better Lives: Working with communities to support women and children – for example, helping women with micro businesses, and building schools to support kids’ education.